Teach in the UK• read

3rd December 2019

Education posts in the UK: what cities are best to teach in

The UK is a diverse and vibrant country, and its different areas can represent huge variances in the cost and quality of living, and the types of people you’ll encounter. From the close-knit communities of the north, to the bustling skyrise buildings of the capital, the best places for teachers to live in the UK represent the diversity of the country – but where are they?


Of course, the capital of London is a great place to live. With a huge variety of museums, bars, manicured parks, events – and of course, schools – teachers in London are spoilt for choice. However, competition for the best schools in London can be fierce, and some teachers prefer a quiet life with a lower cost of living.


Liverpool is the fourth-largest city in the UK and has a rich and diverse history, with the Guiness Book of Records routinely naming it ‘World Capital of Pop Music’ – not surprising for the birthplace of the Beatles. The cost of living in Liverpool is much lower than in London, and has varied suburbs, villages and city living options to choose from for teachers.


There is definitely no shortage of teaching inspiration in Manchester, from the vibrant culture to the rich history. This affordable, diverse city is a fantastic choice for anyone, with something to suit every style and personality. Manchester is the third most-visited city in the UK after London and Edinburgh, and is known for its architecture, culture, music, media, sciences and sports – a fantastic all-rounder.


In recent years, Oxfordshire – particularly the southern stretch of country between Oxford and Reading – has been voted the best non-urban location to live in the UK, offering an unrivalled quality of life. This is no doubt due to its beautiful countryside and convenient proximity to London; the fact that both urban and suburban Oxfordshire is rich with historical interest and exquisite architecture.


With Guildford appearing in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live in the South East on an annual basis, it’s hard to argue that Surrey isn’t a wonderful county to live and work. It offers excellent transport links not only to London, but also to Gatwick and Heathrow, alongside a wealth of amenities set in exquisite scenery.


Hertfordshire exemplifies the popularity of the Home Counties – it offers most of the amenities of London at a slight remove from the hustle and bustle of the big city, as well as beautiful scenery and a wealth of period houses. Many cities and towns in Hertfordshire offer easy access to London via a range of overground services, including Watford, which also presents buyers with a more affordable option than many locations in southernmost Hertfordshire.

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When you register with Engage, we’ll assign you your own personal Engage consultant in the area you’d like to teach in. If you don’t know what area you’d like to move to, we can help you with that too! We’ll begin by creating a personalised career plan for you, taking into account your goals and ambitions for the future, and set you up on the path to getting there.

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